VICTORIAN PHILATELIC COUNCIL INC.
The Victorian Philatelic Council (VPC) is the peak body in Victoria that promotes philately and represents philatelic Clubs in Victoria.
The composition of the VPC is:
- 4 members elected by affiliated Clubs and Societies;
- 4 members nominated by the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria; and,
- 4 members nominated by the Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association.
- Plus Australia Post has a non-voting observer representative.
The Council elects its own Office bearers. This includes Offices for Youth Development, Philatelic Development and a State Judges Co-ordinator.
Affiliated Clubs and Societies
There are nearly 40 Clubs affiliated with the VPC. See the Club listing for a Club near you. If you are planning to visit a Club meeting please contact the Club to confirm meeting details before you attend. The current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria have affected many Club meetings.
CLUB LISTING 2021 January: Club list 2021 Jan
The VPC is planning to republish the VPC News in 2021. It will be distributed free to Victorian Clubs. For further information contact the VPC Secretary.
The VPC stages an Annual Congress, normally in October. The Geelong Philatelic Society hosted the first Congress in 1954. One of the functions of Congress is to elect collector (Club) representatives to the VPC Council. Clubs and Societies that are affiliated to the VPC nominate the representatives. The 2020 Congress planned for Shepparton was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Award of Merit
The VPC honors philatelists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of philately in Victoria. Nominations are sought annually and awards presented at the VPC’s Annual Congress.
The VPC now conducts an annual VICPEX State level Philatelic Exhibition. An attempt is made to alternate between Melbourne and country Victoria. The planned 2020 VICPEX was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It is hoped that the VPC will be able to stage a 2021 VICPEX this year.
The VPC is the responsible body for the training and accreditation of philatelic judges in Victoria at the State level. The VPC can provide judges to attend Club and Society competitions. Training courses are conducted from time to time depending on demand.
The VPC maintains a fully enclosed trailer, which contains 30 double-sided 15 sheet exhibition frames. Use of the trailer and frames is available free of charge to affiliated Clubs.
The VPC has colour copies of a large number of stamp displays on a wide variety of topics, which are used at stamp fairs and meetings. Having copies reduces the security risk of handling original material.
Contacting the Victorian Philatelic Council
All inquiries about organized philately in Victoria and services provided by the VPC should be sent to:
Victorian Philatelic Council,
PO Box 1 Carnegie Victoria 3163.